Xbox is campy now
Xbox has launched a clothes and accent assortment devoted to tenting. No, not the online game variety that esports group 100 Thieves lambasted with its personal clothes line — Microsoft’s is about truly getting outdoors and touching grass. The camper assortment contains quite a lot of shorts, shirts, and headgear, together with issues like a hammock and tenting chair.
Provided that most individuals don’t often affiliate gaming with going outside, a few of the gadgets within the lineup truly appear respectable. Xbox’s camp chair seems like a clone of the design popularized by the Helinox Chair Zero (to be honest, so does fairly a lot each different camp chair), however electrical inexperienced and twice as heavy. Provided that it’s considerably cheaper than the Helinox, although, it’s laborious to complain about weight.
The hammock additionally appears wonderful — once more, individuals who depend each ounce most likely wouldn’t need it, but it surely appears completely appropriate for slinging up between two bushes at a campsite. And whereas I really like that Microsoft is attempting to get folks to drink extra water with this Nalgene water bottle, I simply want it wasn’t charging double regular retail worth for it now that its admittedly very cool topographical branding has been slapped on.
As an outdoorsy particular person myself, although, I’m unsure Microsoft’s “camper” advertising and marketing strains up with how a few of these merchandise are literally made. It says that its T-shirts, hats, and sweaters are for “exploring the good outside,” however they’re made from 80 to 90 p.c cotton, in keeping with their spec sheets. If you happen to’ve ever even been inside spitting distance of an REI or different outside store, you may acknowledge that’s a little bit of an issue — the phrase “cotton kills” might be one of many most-cited items of recommendation within the climbing and tenting group.
It’s, to be clear, an overdramatic slogan. Cotton clothes has been implicated in just a few deaths from publicity over time, but it surely’s not such as you’ll instantly die should you step foot on a path sporting this ABXY heather tee. Nonetheless, should you get caught out in unhealthy climate, you possibly can have an actual drawback in your palms — cotton doesn’t hold you heat when it will get moist. Making issues worse, it dries out very slowly, so even when the rain stops, your sopping cotton shirt might hold sapping heat out of your physique. And whereas that most likely received’t kill you until you’re in a fairly distant space, within the phrases of Sans Undertale, “you’re gonna have a foul time.” Additionally: moisture received’t essentially come from precipitation. I’ve had loads of hikes the place a cotton tee soaked up all my sweat after which proceeded to relax me to the bone as soon as I obtained to a shady part of path.
I don’t need to overstate the hazard right here. You don’t want a shirt made from wool or fancy athletic materials to go climbing; you’ll simply have a extra pleasant expertise should you do. (And for the costs Microsoft is charging for these shirts, you possibly can positively get a pleasant climbing shirt should you’re going to be spending numerous time outside.) What’s bizarre, although, is that different items of clothes in Microsoft’s assortment, like this nylon windbreaker or these nylon shorts are made out of a cloth that’s truly suited to climbing.
I’m not saying that you just shouldn’t purchase any of this gear — I’ll even admit that the Xbox-y outdoors-y patterns look fairly cool. However should you do decide them up so as to add them to your Microsoft clothes assortment, maybe go away the shirts at dwelling in your subsequent tenting journey, until your definition of “tenting” is sitting close to a spawn level in Name of Responsibility. You monster.